Extreme E pushes off-road racing start to March 2021

Mark your calendars… Introducing the Extreme E Season 1 Race Dates featuring a previously unannounced location – Patagonia! Which event are you most looking forward to?#ExtremeE pic.twitter.com/iF9Y0a8zEZ

— Extreme E (@ExtremeELive) October 27, 2020

Extreme E was unveiled by founder Alejandro Agag — the same person by Formula E — and professional racing driver Gil de Ferran in January 2019 . The various teams will use a monstrous electric SUV called the Odyssey 21 that should be able to tackle deserts, rainforests and glaciers alike. The racing will take place in spots that have already suffered environmental damage. As the competition moves around the world, the organizers plan to highlight the issues facing each region and support local initiatives. In addition, the teams and operational crew will be travelling around the world on on a former Royal Mail ship that’s been restored and modified to reduce CO2 emissions.

Formula 1 stars Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are both fielding teams, though neither will actually be racing. Unlike traditional motorsports, Extreme E has two drivers — one male and one female — that will complete a lap each of the course. Each weekend will have two qualifying races on Saturday, followed by two semi-finals and a grand final on Sunday. The first semi-final will allow three of the four cars to go through, while a second ‘crazy race’ semi-final will only a single victor to qualify for the final. Extreme E has also promised a system called GridPlay which lets viewers decide how the finalists should line up on the starting grid.

When the helmet is on and the lights go out, it’s all about getting the business done on track. Here is how an Extreme E weekend works!Watch Live: https://t.co/6053ZGiRPL#ExtremeE #XEGlobalLaunch pic.twitter.com/LiOqMUrrH6

— Extreme E (@ExtremeELive) October 27, 2020

Extreme E will be run in close association with E1, an electric boating championship launched by Agag last month. E1 teams will use St. Helena as a floating paddock and race in many of the exotic locations planned for Extreme E. It’s not clear if the aquatic competition will be ready by March 2021, but organizers have vowed to develop the concept “on a tight timescale.”